To celebrate the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (IDWIP) on August 9 launched by the Global Geoparks Network, in the afternoon of August 22, 2022 Dak Nong Geopark Management Body has coordinated with Hakusan Tedorigawa Geopark Management Board (Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan) to organize an online cultural exchange program between students in the both geopark areas. Representatives of  Dak Nong province are students from 11 specialized English class, Nguyen Chi Thanh Gifted High School and Ishikawa Province students from Kanazawa University.

This is the first online program organized for the youth in Dak Nong (Vietnam) and Ishikawa (Japan) to exchange and introduce typical cultural values of the indigenous people living in geopark areas. This helps to enhance students’ understanding and practical skills in using English to confidently introduce and share the unique heritage values in the Geopark area.

Screenshots of students from two provinces participating in online exchange program

These talent students actively created amazing exchanging content, revolving around ethnic cultures, one of the typical heritages of Dak Nong Geopark and Hakusan Tedorigawa. The presentation was carefully prepared  through videos, photos, interesting questions and answers any many more in a proactive interactive space, bringing an extremely joyful atmosphere.

After the exchange, there were many comments from the students, expressing their feelings that Phuong Thuy “wished to have more time to talk and exchange with others” and Van Duc commented “a very useful project with lots of fun, I hope to be able to participate again next year.”

Some photos prepared and introduced by the two provinces in the exchange

Through the program, the Organizing board hopes to light up the fire of love, pride and responsibility of the young generation for preserving and promoting heritage values within geopark area. At the end of the program, the Organizing Committee commended and issued a Certificate of Participation to all participants in the program.

Certificate of Participation Exchange program with Hakusan Geopark Management Board (Japan)